Parler comes back online one month after going dark

Parler, the social network favored by conservatives, came back online Monday with a redesigned website one month after it was suspended by Amazon Web Service...

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 5:53 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 11:15 AM

Parler, the social network favored by conservatives, came back online Monday with a redesigned website one month after it was suspended by Amazon Web Services and effectively driven offline.

'Speak freely and express yourself openly, without fear of being 'deplatformed' for your views,' Parler's homepage read. Content from before Parler vanished no longer seems to be available. In its first post on the platform Monday, Parler's own account welcomed users back and said: 'We will not be canceled,' followed by an emoji of a flexing bicep.

The website's return marks the reopening of the social network after revelations that some of the US Capitol rioters had organized on Parler prompted major tech platforms to cease doing business with the company.

The decisions by Amazon, Apple and Google not to work with Parler essentially cut the company off from the public internet. For the past several weeks, visitors to Parler.com had been greeted by a static placeholder message.

Now the full service appears to be back online. In addition to bearing an apparently redesigned logo, the site also links to a new community guidelines document that explains the company 'will not knowingly allow itself to be used as a tool for crime, civil torts, or other unlawful acts.'

The community guidelines still maintain that the platform will try to remove content as little as possible, showing how the company is attempting to balance its pitch to users as a haven for unrestricted speech with the scrutiny it's faced for its role in enabling violent extremists to organize.

'In no case will Parler decide what [content will] be removed or filtered, or whose account will be removed, on the basis of the opinion expressed within the content at issue,' according to the community guidelines.

The document adds that Parler expects users to curate their own feeds by using platform-provided tools such as muting or blocking users and keywords.

Since it was removed from Amazon Web Services' hosting platform, questions have arisen over where Parler might turn for its infrastructure support, including domain hosting and web security. CNN previously reported that the company had hired DDoS-guard, a Russia-based cloud-services provider. That decision raised eyebrows and prompted the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee to seek documents from Parler about its ties to DDoS-guard.

Now, in its latest incarnation, Parler directs traffic to an IP address linked to a California-based cloud services provider called SkySilk.

Parler didn't respond to a request for comment.

In a statement to CNN Business, SkySilk said it believes Parler is 'taking the necessary steps to better monitor its platform.'

'Skysilk does not advocate nor condone hate, rather, it advocates the right to private judgment and rejects the role of being the judge, jury, and executioner,' the company said. 'Unfortunately, too many of our fellow technology providers seem to differ in their position on this subject. ... SkySilk will support Parler in their efforts to be a nonpartisan Public Square.'

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